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    block anvils...

    I've been away a while... (long story...)... but now I'm back

    however... while ago I used a plain rectangular block of steel as anvil (I guess approx. weight 220 Pounds). it's measurments for the working surface were: ~4.72" by ~13.78" (12cm by 35cm).
    I found it to be the most practical thing for forging long blades.
    unfortunatly It was just mild steel... and already had a good ammount of dents (It was used as anvil before already).

    How would you best surface harden the same block but if it'd be made out of tool-steel... and what toolsteel you'd recommend?
    as well what hardness should I go for? (though of something like 45-50 Rc).

    It looks very similar to the one yoshindo yoshihara uses, (according tp "the craft of the j. sword").

    as there's no horns I can work in it's left or right end, can angle the hammer more simply... it's a simply but fantastic anvil...
    But as I said... I would want one made of toolsteel...

    I was thinking of airhardening steels... and may verry large blowtorch. I do not have much of an Idea how I can move 200-300 pounds of steel in a not verry handy format from my forge to the quenching tank, then just submerge the surface and hold it there for a while.

    how about welding a toolsteel surface on the top?
    but how? I can just weld the edges but not the surface itself, and I belive it not to be optimal there is just the most minimal space between the two... would it work well if I would have booth with precision milled surfaces?
    or what?

    Any suggestions welcome


    PS: posted as well in the bladesmith's cafe
    Daniel Gentile
    RONIN - Japanese Swords
    Open Your Eyes
    Live The Moment
    From Nothing Into Nothing

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    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Florence AL

    Profesional Heat Treating

    I live in a small town and we have a facility her ethat does profesional heat treating, I would imagine if you were to go to a place like this they could do it for you. I dont imagine you could do this with casenite as it is for smaller objects..or I suppose you could try..the problem would be as always with heat control and uniformity. Perhaps someone else can offer a suggestion here.

    Dwight P

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    The post I've made in the Bladesmith's cafe has deliverd quiet a few replies already...

    however I think that the Idea of bringing it to a pro-heat treat-shop will maybe delive the most perfect results... my shop is set up for blades not for anvils

    anyway, I'll post some pictures when I will have it finished (takes a while... much to do of higher importance at the moment).

    Daniel Gentile
    RONIN - Japanese Swords
    Open Your Eyes
    Live The Moment
    From Nothing Into Nothing


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